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On a few occasions I have found that I like the idea of some of the Burt's Bees products more than I like the actual products. This was definitely the case with this hand cream!
This natural hand cream states it is made with honey and grapeseed oil. I am a fan of honey in general (often like it on toast!) so the idea of a honey hand cream did appeal to me. I have found grapeseed oil to be good in the past, as hair products containing it have left my hair very smooth and I have used some nice and effective body moisturisers featuring grapeseed oil. I thought the combo sounded like a winner. It contains jojoba, cupuacu and macadamia butters to soothe dry hands.
The packaging is a simple tube with a flip top. It is made of sturdy plastic material and feels good quality. The design is typical Burt's Bees and looks quite similar to other Burt's Bees products such as the coconut foot creme, so you do need to be careful and pay attention that you pick up the right one in the shop or from your bathroom cupboard. The tube contains only 75 ml which is quite a small amount compared to most standard handcreams which contain 100 ml or 125 ml. This costs £9.99 which I think is expensive for 75 ml.
The hand cream is very thick and creamy. A little goes a long way and it does leave the skin feeling moisturised, but it is easy to squeeze a little bit too much out of the tube. When I do this, it takes quite a long time to rub all the excess cream into my hands as it doesn't absorb as quickly as some other handcreams, probably because it is so thick. It can leave the hands feeling a little bit greasy and sticky. Burt's Bees claims it "melts into skin to moisturise and soften without a greasy after-feel" but personally I can't really agree with that claim.
Now to the most noticeable thing about this hand cream... The smell is really, really strong. The scent is very true to the actual smell of honey so it is not artificial at all, but it is overpowering! When I use this cream I can smell the honey for a few hours afterwards and it takes over, so I can smell the honey lingering instead of my perfume. I don't particularly want to smell like I have been sticking my hands into the honey pot like Winnie the Pooh! In my opinion the handcream would be really improved if the scent was toned down a bit.
Due to the very strong smell and the fact that this cream is quite thick and slow to absorb, leaving a slight stickiness on the hands, I have relegated it to home use only, often putting it on before bed.
It is not terrible, as it does do the job of moisturising, but I would not buy it again and I don't think it is worth its high price tag.
Ingredients: Water (aqua, eau), simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) butter, vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, glycerin, beeswax (cera alba, cire d'abeille), stearic acid, theobroma grandiflorum (cupuacu) seed butter, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) seed oil, glucose, fragrance (parfum), sodium borate, xanthan gum, sucrose stearate, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, honey (mel, miel), rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, tocopherol, beta carotene, glucose oxidase, lactoperoxidase / How it works: Truly a gift from nature, this ultra-rich hand cream is enriched with three exotic butters / jojoba, cupuacu and macadamia to pamper hands that are dry from everyday routines / This natural hand cream melts into skin to moisturise and soften without a greasy after-feel / Antioxidant-rich grape seed and sunflower oils nourish for soft beautiful hands, naturally / Your hands will be thoroughly delighted / Directions for use: Massage cream into hands as often as needed / Featured Ingredient: Honey / This sweet, fragrant, syrupy substance produced by bees soothes and adds softness to the skin, and is an excellent natural moisturiser /